How to Build Small Steps

There comes a time when an individual is unable to reach a certain height. Creating a small set of steps allows an individual to reach a height that would otherwise be unreachable to him. With plywood and a few 2-by-10s, you can build a small set of steps that you can continue to use for various tasks for several years to come.

Create steps from wood in a short amount of time.

Step 1

Place one 33-by-18 inch piece of plywood on a flat surface. Place the plywood horizontally so the 33-inch edges run along the top and bottom sides. Measure up 6 inches along the left side of the plywood from the bottom corner and mark the location with a pencil.

Step 2

Line the T-square along the left side at the 6-inch mark and draw a 10-inch line toward the right side of the plywood.

Step 3

Line the T-square vertically at the end of the 10-inch line and draw a 6-inch line upward toward the top edge.

Step 4

Line the T-square to the end of the 6-inch line horizontally and draw a 10-inch line vertically with a pencil.

Step 5

Repeat steps three and four one additional time to create an outline for three steps with the final 10-inch line running across the top edge of the plywood.

Step 6

Repeat steps one through five with the remaining 33-by-18 inch section of plywood. Once drawn, cut along these lines with a hand saw.

Step 7

Hold the two sections of the plywood in a standing position with the steps moving upward from left to right. Place one 27 ½ inch 2-by-10 at the from and back corners of the step along the ground and drive two 3 inch screws through each end of the 2-by-10s to join them to the plywood.

Step 8

Place the final 27 ½ inch 2-by-10 in a standing position between the top corners of the steps, lining up the back edge of the steps with the edge of the 2-by-10. Drive two screws through each end to join it with the plywood.

Step 9

Set one 30 inch 2-by-10 in each of the three 10-inch tread holders on the plywood, lining up the outer edges of the plywood with the ends of the 2-by-10s. Drive three evenly spaced screws down through each end of the three 2-by-10s to join them to the plywood permanently.

About the Author

Nicole Byerly has been writing since 2003. She has published multiple works that have appeared in "Campus Philly." Byerly is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity at Utica College.